New Delhi; Dec.23: Home Minister Rajnath Singh today paid tribute to the 10 paramilitary personnel who died as a Border Security Force (BSF) plane crashed near the Delhi airport on Tuesday.
Nine BSF and one Sashastra Seema Bal personnel were killed when the B 200 Super King hit a tree, crashed through the boundary wall of the airport and landed in a sewage treatment plant, bursting into flames.
Grieving family members of some of the personnel were seen surrounding the home minister at the Safdarjung Airport, where the tribute was held.
On Tuesday morning, the 22-year-old Beechcraft crashed moments after it took off for Ranchi at around 9.45 am.
The pilot, Deputy Commandant Bhagwati Prasad Bhatt of the BSF, diverted the aircraft from populated areas to prevent any civilian deaths, say sources.
His co-pilot, Captain Rajesh Shivrain was the only officer of the border guarding force, Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) working in the Border Security Force air wing.
Others on the plane wereDeputy Commandant D Kumar, Inspectors Raghvendra Kumar Yadav and SN Sharma, Sub-Inspectors Ravindra Kumar, Surendra Singh, CL Sharma, Assistant Sub-Inspector DP Chauhan and Constable KR Rawat.